Make Ahead

( I'm in ) Chocolate and Vanilla Heaven

June  2, 2013
Author Notes

When we have family gatherings someone almost always makes an ice cream sandwich dessert - layers of ice cream sandwiches and whipped topping topped with chocolate or caramel sauce and laced with nuts. It's a hit with young and old and only takes a few minutes to assemble and then freeze. I decided to try and make a similar one without the ice cream sandwiches and whipped topping. Real whipped cream, chocolate graham crackers and a pudding filling make for this dessert to feed a crowd. A little piece goes a long way!! —inpatskitchen

  • Makes one 9x13 inch pan and serves many
Ingredients
  • For the pudding filling
  • 6 egg yolks from extra large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin (granules) mixed with 1/4 cup water to dissolve
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • For the second filling and topping and assembly
  • 8 ounces softened mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • Two 14.4 ounce packages chocolate graham crackers (you won't need all of them)
  • Chocolate and caramel sauce
  • Chopped salted peanuts or English toffee bits
  • The previously made pudding filling
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Directions
  1. For the pudding filling
  2. In a mixing bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar together until very pale yellow and then transfer to a double boiler or a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  3. Slowly add the milk to the egg sugar mixture, whisking all the way, while on the heat. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens and heavily coats the back of a spoon.
  4. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the gelatin mixture and vanilla extract. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate a few hours to thicken more. ( You can do this the day before assembling the dessert)
  5. Whip the cup and a half of whipping cream and then fold into the pudding mixture. Return to the fridge until ready to assemble.
  1. For the second filling and topping and assembly
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the mascarpone, powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the whipping cream while continuing to beat until fluffy.
  3. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with high sides with a single layer of the chocolate graham crackers, breaking some of them to fit in the pan. ( I use a disposable pan with a domed lid)
  4. Spread 1/2 of the pudding filling over the crackers to completely cover and then place another single layer of graham crackers over.
  5. Spread 1/2 of the whipped mascarpone and whipping cream topping over and then drizzle with a little chocolate and caramel sauce and scatter with the chopped nuts.
  6. Repeat with another layer of crackers, the remainder of the pudding filling, more graham crackers and then top with the remaining mascarpone and whipped cream topping. Drizzle with more chocolate and caramel sauce and sprinkle with the nuts.
  7. Cover and place in the freezer until ready to serve or at least 6 hours. (Can be made a week ahead) When ready to serve, let the dessert sit out for 20 minutes or so before cutting into small squares.
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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!